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Bulbous bows help boats' fuel savings, maneuverability #AleutianSpirit

DAVID G. SELLARS ON THE WATERFRONT: Bulbous bows help boats' fuel savings, maneuverability

By David G. Sellars
PDN Maritime Columnist
THE ALEUTIAN SPIRIT leaves the big Commander Building of Platypus Marine Inc. on the Port Angeles waterfront this week with quite a nose job — a bulbous bow.

A bulbous bow is a protruding bulb at the front of a ship or boat just below the waterline.

More about it later on.

Aleutian Spirit is a 58-foot Delta fishing boat that hails from Petersburg, Alaska. She has been stowed in the Commander Building at the corner of Marine Drive and Cedar Street for the past couple of weeks.

Capt. Charlie Crane, Platypus' director of sales and marketing, said the vessel — which fishes salmon in Alaska and squid in Southern California — is getting a bulbous bow installed.

Verne Braghettia and his crew in the fiberglass department will have the fuel-saving bow in place early this week and the vessel will be moved out of the building and into the yard.

Personnel are waiting for the delivery of custom doors for the......